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Behind the scenes: A council’s battle to balance the books

Cuts to council services are often unpopular, but with reduced funding from central government most local authorities have few options.

But exactly how do they decide what services are to go? And is cutting pay for employees a viable way to save money and therefore jobs?

Robert Hall was given rare access behind the scenes at Southampton City Council as it prepared its budget.

  • 18 Feb 2011
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